Ky Fox


Ky Fox, tenor banjoist in the Seattle Banjo Club died on Dec. 5th at the age of 88. When he was thirteen Ky noticed that a banjo player got more attention and girls than the football players so he paid $39 for thirteen lessons and a free Harmony banjo. He followed up with about three years of private lessons from two teachers. His first money for playing was a $25 first prize at a theater amateur night in 1930, playing in the duo of Banjo Ike and Ukulele Mike.

He also took a year of saxophone lessons and it became his main instrument when banjos faded from popularity. He led a four piece dance band while still in high school, and expanded in steps to an eight piece band which he led until 1948, playing saxophone. Like most musicians he had a day job. He went to business college and worked as an accountant until he and his wife Hazel bought a resort on Lake Meridian in 1945 which they sold in 1968 to the county park system.

Ky joined the Seattle Banjo Club in 1976 and was an active member until the early 1990s when poor health slowed him down. He wrote many banjo arrangements for the club.

--Jack LaFond

Seattle Banjo Club, Washington State, USA
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